Nikolai Matsenko

Ukrainian artist Nikolai Matsenko 


Born in 1960 in the village of Prutivka, Ivano-Frankivsk Region.



Graduated from the T. H. Shevchenko Republican Art School and Lviv State Institute for Applied and Decorative Art (now the Lviv National Academy of Arts).


Co-founder and member of Natsprom art group (with Oleg Tistol). A painter and photographer, he also creates installations, sculptures and performances. He lives and works in Cherkasy and Kyiv.

His works have been exhibited at multiple solo and group exhibitions in Ukraine, Poland, the Czech Republic, Austria, Germany, Switzerland, France, the UK, Canada, the USA, Slovakia, Lithuania, Russia, Hungary and Cyprus.



His works can be seen in collections of PinchukArtCentre, Fund Christoph Merian Stiftung (Basel, Switzerland), the United States Department of State, Mystetskyi Arsenal, Cherkasy Oblast Museum of Fine Art, Zaporizhia Oblast Museum of Fine Art, as well as in many private collections in Ukraine and abroad.


Selected exhibitions


People live here, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Kyiv

White and Black, National Academy of Arts of Ukraine, Kyiv

Byzantine Nostalgia, CCA Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw 



My Story: 32 Years of Independence, Museum of Kyiv History, Kyiv





UNFOLDING LANDSCAPES – Landscape and Poetics in Contemporary Ukrainian Art Kunst(Zeug)Haus, Switzerland

UNFOLDING LANDSCAPES – Landscape and Poetics in Contemporary Ukrainian Art, Art & History Museum, Бельгія

UNFOLDING LANDSCAPES – Landscape and Poetics in Contemporary Ukrainian Art”, Silkeborg Bad, Denmark




30х30.Contemporary Ukrainian art, National Center «Ukrainian House», Kyiv




Strange Time, online,

Ukraine Today, Modern Art Research Institute, Kyiv

The Artifical Pain, Сontemporary Art Centre ZnakiCzasu, Toruń, Poland

Epistemological Exercises. Cherkassy Art Museum, Cherkasy, Ukraine



Media dependence. Ukranian version, Ukrainian House, Kyiv

The Long Journey. Contemporary Ukrainian Art 1985 - 2004 from private collections, Modern Art Research Institute, Kyiv 

Art United, Mandarin Maison, Kyiv



Auguste Rodin. Premonition of the future. Cherkasy Museum of Fine Arts, Cherkasy, Ukraine

Natsprom, 1991-2018, Gallery "Dzyga", Lviv, Ukraine

Permanent Revolution. Ukrainian Art Today, Ludwig Museum, Budapest





Private Collection. Contemporary Ukrainian Artists. Modern Art Research InstituteKyiv, Ukraine 

Show Promise. Lviv Palace of Arts. Ukraine

Reymuzey. ArtUkraine Gallery. Kyiv.





Recipe for Utopia , Modern Art Research InstituteKyiv, Ukraine





Wien,Österreichisches Museum für Volkskunde,Ukraine. Transformation der Moderne, 20-29 november, 2015
The Museum Collection. Ukrainian Contemporary Art. 1985–2015, 22.09–10.10.2015. From Private Collections


 Am A Drop In The Ocean Künstlerhaus, Vienna, Austria
I am a drop in the Ocean, MOCAK, Krakow
A New Ukrainian Dream, Forbes Ukraine and Mystetskyi Arsenal Art Project Mystetskyi Arsenal, Kyiv
OURS, YermilovCentre, Kharkiv


Terrain Orientation National Art Museum of Ukraine Exhibition of Contemporary Ukrainian Art, Kyiv (catalog)
Contemporary Ukrainian Artists. Saatchi Gallery. London (catalog)


Neofolk, PinchukArtCentre, Kyiv (solo show)


Art-Kyiv Сontemporary 2011, Mystetskyi Arsenal, Kyiv (catalogue)
20 years of presence, Modern Art Research Institute (NAAU), Kyiv (catalogue)
Independent, Mystetskyi Arsenal, Kyiv (catalogue)
A Space Odyssey 2011, Mystetskyi Arsenal, Kyiv
Prochez, Docks en Seine, Paris (catalogue)
Labour Show, VCRC, Kyiv
Land, Art Museum, Cherkasi
BАrt Plotinnos, MMAU, Kyiv
Circulation, Pinchuk Art Center, Kyiv


VozhdiЛєnіє, Ukrainian House, Kyiv (catalogue)
Art-Kyiv Сontemporary 2010, Mystetskyi Arsenal, Kyiv (catalogue)
RESTART , Modern Art Research Institute, Kyiv


Art-Kyiv Сontemporary 2009, The Ukrainian House, Kyiv (catalogue)


Art-Kyiv Сontemporary 2008, The Ukrainian House, Kyiv (catalogue)
Gogol-fest, Arsenal, Kyiv, Ukraine
The Ideal Age, Collection Gallery, Kyiv (catalogue)
Culture, Ya-Gallery, Kyiv, Ukraine (solo show)
Transformation of Time, Gurzuf, Ukraine


The action A Black Square for Every Home! under the auspices of ArtMoskva, TSDKH, Moscow
A Wave, the Krasnokamenka mountain lake near Gursuf, Ukraine
The Crops, Ya-Gallery, Kyiv, Ukraine (solo show)
Made in UKR, Tsekh Gallery, Kyiv


Neo-Folk, Ya-Gallery, Kyiv (solo show)
The Museum of Ukraine - 3, SKHU Exhibition Hall, Kherson, Ukraine


Reality Check, The Ukrainian House, Kyiv (catalogue)


A Farewell to Arms, Arsenal, Kyiv (catalogue)


The First Collection, Central House of Artists, Kyiv (catalogue)


Behind the Threshold, ArtMoskva, Moscow
Natsprom, The Marat Guelman Gallery, Moscow (catalogue)


1+1, Lavra Gallery, Kyiv


Accommodation, The Jesuit Gallery, Poznan, Poland


Photosynthesis, The Artists- Union Gallery, Kyiv
Ostry nawrot dekadencji, The Jesuit Gallery, Poznan, Poland
Roses and Grapes, Karas Gallery, Kyiv


Schweizergeld, Schuper Gallery,Munich, Germany
Family Album, CMA at NaUKMA, Kyiv
The Museum of Architecture, CMA at NaUKMA, Kyiv
On The Margin, Mandel Gallery, Saskatoon, Canada


Kyiv Art Meeting, Cultural Center Ukrainian House, Kyiv (catalogue)
Lebensmitte, Christoph Merian Stiftung, Basel, Switzerland
Sud-Ost, +/- Gallery, Basel, Switzerland
The Bone-Grown, CMA at NaUKMA, Kyiv


September, 17, Brama Gallery, Kyiv
Free Zone, The Odessa Art Museum, Odessa, Ukraine
Alchemical Capitulation, flagship Slavutich, Sebastopol, Ukraine
Artistic Impressions, The Ukrainian House, Kyiv (catalogue)


The Kyiv Mohyla Academy: A Study of Space, Kyiv
Europe's Steppe, CCA Uyazdovsky Castle, Warsaw


Kosoi Kaponir, The Kyiv Fortress Museum, Kyiv